Ron Parker

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How far do you need to stand from someone sick to avoid getting the flu?

It’s that time of year when the cough of a co-worker from across the office is enough to send you running to wash your hands. But just how close can you get to someone with a contagious virus and still be “safe”?

According to the CDC, a person with the flu can infect anyone within a six-foot radius. The organization explains: “Most experts think that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze, or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Less often, a person might get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.”

Flu specialist Dr. William Schaffner adds and you can be sick for up to two whole days before symptoms actually start. The CDC says the best thing you can do to prevent yourself from getting the flu is to get your flu shot.